Fall Mornings

Looking over towards Gabriola Island.

Looking over towards Gabriola Island.

Clear blue skies and Autumn tones leaves - beautiful inspiration.

Clear blue skies and Autumn tones leaves – beautiful inspiration.

Amazing mornings this weekend -

Saturday at Neck Point!  The skies were clear and blue, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing in across the Strait and life was good!  We had a lazy walk around the park, there were a lot of people out with dogs and children for Sophie to greet and I ran into a friend and had a quick conversation – it was a lovely way to start the day.

Sunlight pouring down through the leaves and onto the trail.

Sunlight pouring down through the leaves and onto the trail.

And Sunday at Hemer Park was just as beautiful.  The sunlight through the trees seems to be the theme of the weekend as I took quite a few pictures of “light and leaves”.

Fall is most definitely coming now.  The breeze has a bite and the leaves are turning on the branches.  In some cases the leaves show vibrant colour, maples, oaks and aspens; or becoming thin and brittle, some of the oak leaves at Neck Point were see through; or simply wilting and dying off like the Indian Plum at Hemer!

There were birds a plenty at Hemer.  A Great Blue Heron was perched on a drowned fence post in the marsh and there were ducks scattered across  the surface of the marsh as well.

Heron at rest - waiting for breakfast to swim by!

Heron at rest – waiting for breakfast to swim by!

A drowned forest - stumps showing up through the algae and water.  Sophie disturbed quite a few frogs!

A drowned forest – stumps showing up through the algae and water. Sophie disturbed quite a few frogs!

We walked a new path through Hemer.  One that branched off to the right and took us to the other side of the marsh.  The undergrowth was a little different.  There were less hemlock and pine and more maple and aspen trees.  There was a long drowned piece of forest in a low lying expanse of land.

The Moss was beautiful, hanging and glowing through the branches of the trees.

The Moss was beautiful, hanging and glowing through the branches of the trees.

And Moss, there was moss hanging from almost every branch at some points.  The moss glowed an amazing green in the sunlight.  It was beautiful.

The walk moved us up and down through small valleys around the park and eventually brought us out to the road above the parking lot.  Lovely walk.

The park is drier than I have ever seen it – it has been a very long, warm and dry summer for us.  The rains have come now – I hope that they stay for a while.

Happy Walking

Lynette

 

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Rhiannon’s Cloak

rhiannons cloakYesterday was Submission Day for the Stevie Nicks Design Competition - now it is up to Fate as we wait for the results!  Voting through Facebook and Twitter is open until Sept 29th, 10:00 am Pacific Time.

Rhiannon’s Cloak is the name of my submission.  Please take the time to have  a look at the submissions and cast a vote.

Now that the submission date is past I can slow down and go back to my more “normal” schedule – regular posts – work on all of my half done patterns and just work on finishing Rhiannon’s Cloak.

This is the most ambitious beaded project that I have ever undertaken and I am loving every minute of it!  There will be over 15000 beads and crystals on this piece and it will drape and move with the weight of the beads.

I have had a great deal of help along the way with this project.  Chuck MacQuarrie designed the Concept Illustration and submission image for me.  Emily edited and rewrote my description until it said everything I wanted it to say and Ron and Theresa Miskin of the Buffalo Wool Co. have been staunch with their support from day one.

Thank-you all for the support – now go and vote!!  LOL!

Lynette

Concept Illustration and layout of my submission.  Work by Chuck MacQuarrie

Concept Illustration and layout of my submission. Work by Chuck MacQuarrie

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Easy Birds Nest Cookies

I needed to bake…. I wanted to bake…. and I had a craving for Birds Nest Cookies.  So I went looking at recipe’s and then blended a few to come up with my own!

Dessert tonight - I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow?

Dessert tonight – I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow

 

Here is my easy recipe – it makes about 2 doz – depending on size of cookie!  LOL!  I only got 20!

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease cookie sheet
  2. before starting dough finely chop 1 cup walnuts and place into a bowl
  3. in a small bowl beat one egg with 1 tbsp. of  milk
  4. place walnuts and egg mixture to the side until the dough is formed
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2/3 cup demara brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • cream butter, sugar and vanilla together until soft
  • add 2 cups unbleached flour to creamed mixture and mix until soft dough forms
  • roll into approx. 1 inch balls
  • dip each ball into egg mixture and then roll in walnuts
  • place on greased cooked sheet, approx. 1/2 inch apart; and form a well in the center of each cookie with your thumb
  • spoon approx. 1/2 tsp jam into each well

Bake in 350º for 15 to 18 min – cool on sheet 5 min and then move to cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Lynette

 

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Knitting Every Minute – Well Almost!

Looking up the sides of a Big Leaf Maple - all the new growth just popping out of the trunk itself!  Life is persistent!

Looking up the sides of a Big Leaf Maple – all the new growth just popping out of the trunk itself! Life is persistent!

Green on Green - watery reflections,

Green on Green – watery reflections,

Right now the shawl for the Stevie Nicks design competition is occupying every waking moment and some sleeping ones as well!  LOL!

But meals still need to be cooked (some of them anyway) and Sophie needs to be walked and my hands and shoulders can only take so much!  They need a break and a change of motion.  Tomorrow I see the massage therapist – she will keep those shoulders and arms in shape.

Yesterday morning we walked the Upper Colliery Dam and this morning we walked the Lower Colliery Dam.

Hovering over the water - waiting? - watching? Motionless except for the wings - beautiful!

Hovering over the water – waiting? – watching? Motionless except for the wings – beautiful!

Half moon morning.

Half moon morning.

Each day was the same – beautiful skies with green shady pathways.  So many pathways.  Some are wide and paved, some are narrow and filled with roots,  All are beautiful.

There were birds, squirrels, spider webs festooning the branches and gleaming in the random rays of sunshine.   And dragonfly’s dancing over the surface of the lakes and hovering over the reeds.  We are experiencing some stunning late Summer Days.

Hope that you enjoy the days!

Lynette

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Amongst the Parsley!

Amongst the Parsley - A Black Swallowtail caterpillar!

Amongst the Parsley – A Black Swallowtail caterpillar!

The other evening as I was clipping parsley for my sauce – I made a wonderful discovery!  A Black Swallowtail Caterpillar had taken up residence in my Parsley plant!

I hope you have a great day full of wonderful discoveries!

Lynette

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Designing an Element – Rhiannon Update

Rhiannon is well underway

Rhiannon is well underway

Saturday afternoon I strung 400 crystals onto my yarn.  Later that day I strung 100 more and even later I strung 100 more.  The best laid plans usually fade in the reality test.

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The body is about 16 rows away from being finished!

The body is about 16 rows away from being finished!

The air was blue as I started the center of the square – the loops almost made me crazy.  But the center was done and it was good.

I am 8 rounds away from finishing the first motif – only eight motifs left!  Each motif is about 18 inches square before blocking.

I hope that you like!

Lynette

 

Love the shape

Love the shape

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Gloves – in Search of the Perfectly Fitting Pair!

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Originally posted on Le Tissier Designs:
I knit my first pair of gloves because I could never find gloves to fit my broad palm and short fingers.   I think that was around 2005.  I really started to get excited about…

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